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Catching up: Central Canadian Center for Performance’s “Trifecta Part 1: Mech-Anima” (March 30 2012)

Pics from (((send+receive))): a festival of sound v. 15 – Day 3

Greenhouse (MB)

The Sons of God (SE)

Tony Conrad (US)

 

SEND + RECEIVE v15 • DAY 3 • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

TONY CONRAD (US)
SONS OF GOD (SW)
GREENHOUSE (MB)
EVP Project (MB / QC)

Atomic Centre, 167 Logan Ave. | Doors 7:30 | Concert 8:00 | Entry: $15

 

Winnipeg musician Curran Faris has been recording and performing as Greenhouse since 2009. With albums released on labels such as Reverb Worship and Prairie Fire Tapes, Faris has performed in galleries and rock venues alike. Greenhouse sees Faris exploring atypical guitar sounds that are more akin to the austere textures found in noise and electronic music, while still utilizing the guitar as the primary sound source. The results are sprawling, textural soundscapes that are minimal and immersive, atmospheric and melodic, noisy and soothing.

Swedish artists Leif Elggren and Kent Tankred have worked in the arts for over 20 years. In 1988 they formed the duo The Sons of God (Guds Söner), a constellation which moves freely between performance, music, and the visual arts, and whose productions often reach a point where traditional aesthetic boundaries, limitations, and concepts are eliminated. The Sons of God observe and document, experiment and ask questions, build up and tear down, empowering the viewer to take what they want or simply leave. The Sons of God are radical in their approach, and their work brings something truly innovative and special to this edition of the festival.

A pioneering force behind the evolution of American minimalism, legendary artist Tony Conrad works within the idea of Eternal Music, a droning, mesmerizing performance idiom which employs long durations, amplification, and precise pitch to explore new worlds of sound. On this very special occasion Conrad will conclude our Friday night event by presenting one of his renowned solo performances for amplified violin. With a history of radical and conceptual contributions to music, film, and visual art, it’s a great honour to present Tony Conrad here at our 15th edition.

VOICES FROM BEYOND: THE EVP PROJECT

Susurros, la difunta Deolinda (Murmures, la défunte Deolinda / Whispers, the Deceased Deolinda)

MALENA SZLAM (QC)

*still from Susurros, la difunta Deolinda by Malena Szlam (16mm film-loop with sound, 2013).

This haunting work will be installed in the centre space at Atomic on this evenings’ program as part of Voices from Beyond: the EVP Project.

((( send+receive ))) v.14 / day 4

The final night of the festival showcased acoustic performances making use of natural materials and phenomena, as well as familiar instruments, as extensions of the body with performances by NMPERIGN (US) and AKIO SUZUKI (JP). Christian Wolff’s Stones was performed by Chris Bauer, Al Conroy, Doreen Girard, Tom Kohut, Shelagh Pizey-Allen, Wendy Rondeau, Curtis Walker and Nathan Zahn. I regret not having photos of their collaborative performance — it both sounded and looked fantastic. Indeed, the whole night was awesome. Thanks for another amazing festival ((( send+receive )))

((( send + receive ))) v. 14 / day 3

Featuring: The Rita (van), Tomoko Sauvage (fr/jp), Angela Forget (wpg) and Drip Music (Brecht)

And there’s more to come…
Saturday, October 20, 2012…

CONCERT | 7:30 doors • 8:00 concert | $15 or $25 for Fri/Sat

STONES (CHRISTIAN WOLFF) | NMPERIGN (US) | AKIO SUZUKI (JP)
Atomic Centre, 167 Logan Ave.

The final night of the festival will showcase acoustic performances making use of natural materials and phenomena, as well as familiar instruments, as extensions of the body.

The program will begin with a performance of the composition Stones by eminent American composer Christian Wolff (b. 1934). Wolff is the last living member of the New York School of composers, which included John Cage, Morton Feldman and Earle Brown. This narrative score will be interpreted and performed by the send + receive Temporary Ensemble featuring locals; Chris Bauer, Al Conroy, Doreen Girard, Tom Kohut, Shelagh Pizey-Allen, Wendy Rondeau, Curtis Walker and Nathan Zahn.

American duo Nmperign is composed of soprano saxophone player Bhob Rainey and trumpeter Greg Kelley. This duo has been working together in experimental improvisation for over a decade, exploring terrain shaped by a wide range of influences from classical music to punk rock. Selecting woodwind and horns was of specific interest to us this year as these instruments demand a particular physical engagement with their player, a dependency on the limitations of the body, of the lungs, the breath… Both players have expanded the language of these instruments and taken the possibilities of sound to new ends, creating an exciting and surprising collaboration.

We are honoured to conclude our 14th festival with one of the pioneers of sound art, Japanese artist Akio Suzuki. The artist who motivated the overall theme of this year’s festival, Suzuki embodies an important field of sound exploration that focuses on purposeful listening and a conceptual approach to natural materials and acoustic phenomena. A charming and down to earth artist, his performance will encompass a diversity of materials and invented instruments, creating a uniquely engaging concert experience.

Artist bios here: http://www.sendandreceive.org/artist-bios.html

((( send + receive ))) v. 14

Atomic is excited to welcome ((( send + receive ))) for the second year in a row. Join us on October 19 and 20 for what is sure to be a fantastic line up!

Friday, October 19
CONCERT | doors 7:30 • concert 8:00 | $15 or $25 for Fri/Sat
DRIP MUSIC (BRECHT) | ANGELA FORGET (WPG) | TOMOKO SAUVAGE (FR/JP) | THE RITA (VAN)

A presentation of works created with water as the main sound source, this evening will begin with pure acoustic sound and will subtly increase amplification and manipulation of sources to build to dramatic heights of volume and distortion.

To begin the night we will present a performance of the formative work by American FLUXUS artist and composer George Brecht (1926-2008), the 1959 version of Drip Music, Fluxversion 1. Brecht was an integral member of the FLUXUS movement, and his work was fundamental in the development of sound-based art and conceptual approaches in art and music.

We are pleased to present a subtle and contemplative piece by Winnipeg interdisciplinary artist Angela Forget titled Gesture. This performance for amplified ice and player, presents a delicate and patient exploration of natural processes through microsounds.

Tomoko Sauvage has been developing her ‘natural synthesizer’ over many years utilizing ceramic water bowls, hydrophones, and feedback. Walking a delicate balance between chance and strategic control, her sensitively detailed music casts a spell on the listener with its hypnotic tones and organic movement.

To complete the night we will be dramatically changing the tone and volume with our final guest, Vancouver noise artist The Rita. Sam McKinlay (The Rita) has been a pivotal contributor to the global harsh noise scene for nearly two decades. A bizarre inclusion for our natural sound edition, one might think, but McKinlay’s obsession with sharks and WW2 frogmen has led to conceptual works using water and underwater diving apparatus with fascinating sonic results. We are excited to conclude this evening with his powerful Decima MAS work.


Saturday, October 20
CONCERT | 7:30 doors • 8:00 concert | $15 or $25 for Fri/Sat
STONES (CHRISTIAN WOLFF) | NMPERIGN (US) | AKIO SUZUKI (JP)

The final night of the festival will showcase acoustic performances making use of natural materials and phenomena, as well as familiar instruments, as extensions of the body.

The program will begin with a performance of the composition Stones by eminent American composer Christian Wolff (b. 1934). Wolff is the last living member of the New York School of composers, which included John Cage, Morton Feldman and Earle Brown. This narrative score will be interpreted and performed by the send + receive Temporary Ensemble featuring a cast of locals.

American duo Nmperign is composed of soprano saxophone player Bhob Rainey and trumpeter Greg Kelley. This duo has been working together in experimental improvisation for over a decade, exploring terrain shaped by a wide range of influences from classical music to punk rock. Selecting woodwind and horns was of specific interest to us this year as these instruments demand a particular physical engagement with their player, a dependency on the limitations of the body, of the lungs, the breath… Both players have expanded the language of these instruments and taken the possibilities of sound to new ends, creating an exciting and surprising collaboration.

We are honoured to conclude our 14th festival with one of the pioneers of sound art, Japanese artist Akio Suzuki. The artist who motivated the overall theme of this year’s festival, Suzuki embodies an important field of sound exploration that focuses on purposeful listening and a conceptual approach to natural materials and acoustic phenomena. A charming and down to earth artist, his performance will encompass a diversity of materials and invented instruments, creating a uniquely engaging concert experience.

Situated Cinema

Atomic is opening its doors to WNDX:: Festival of Moving Images and Situated Cinema, a project by Solomon Nagler, Thomas Evans and Craig Rodmore. Find the Facebook event right there, details pasted below…

Situated Cinema
A project by Solomon Nagler, Thomas Evans and Craig Rodmore
Free admission

An alternative cinema-going experience in which the interior of the movie theatre interacts with the city outside, the second iteration of the Situated Cinema project is a demountable microcinema that will be installed at various sites in Winnipeg. Through the mobility and permeability of the venue and the mingling of silent films and shifting contextual soundscapes, the project embraces the interactions and juxtapositions of the city and asks viewer-participants and five commissioned filmmakers to do the same.

  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 @ 9PM – 11PM | RAW GALLERY
    Co-Presented by Winnipeg Design Festival
    Opening Reception with Artist-talk at RAW GALLERY
  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 @ 12PM – 9PM | THE FORKS
    Co-Presented by the Winnipeg Design Festival
  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 @ 9AM – 2PM | UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG
    Co-Presented by Gallery 1C03
  • FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 @ 8PM – 1AM | WINNIPEG ART GALLERY
    Co-Presented by Winnipeg Design Festival
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 @ 6PM – 4AM | WINNIPEG ART GALLERY
    Co-Presented by Culture Days Nuit Blanche & Winnipeg Design Festival
The cinema will loop 16mm films by Alexandre Larose (Montreal), Alex Mackenzie (Vancouver), Caroline Monnet (Montreal/Winnipeg), Heidi Phillips (Winnipeg), and Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof (Toronto). The cinema was designed by Thomas Evans and Craig Rodmore. Solomon Nagler is coordinating curator for the project, which is accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Jon Davies.Between
Heidi Phillips | Manitoba
1:19, 16mm, 2012

This Town of Toronto Is the Best Place I Ever Ran Into
Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof | Ontario
1:00, 16mm, 2012

PORTAL
Alex MacKenzie | British Columbia
2:00, 16mm, 2012

Belvédère
Alexandre Larose | Quebec
1:56, 16mm, 2012

GEPHYROPHOBIA
Caroline Monnet | Quebec/Manitoba
2:21, 16mm, 2012

WNDX acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $154 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. With additional support from Culture Days Manitoba, Gallery 1C03, NO.W.HERE, NSCAD, Nova Scotia Culture and Tourism, SSHRC, Storefront Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Design Festival

UPDATE:

And here it is as it looked last night during the premiere… be sure to check it out today, tomorrow and Saturday =-)

Pics from Baba Yaga’s Realm

And while I’m at it, why not share some pics from Baba Yaga’s Realm?

As mentioned on Facebook, Atomic’s multipurpose room has been transformed into many things, but never before has it been a mystical realm for fae folk and other creatures! The team of artists, directed by Katrina Elisse Caudle, who put together this fundraising event for the Manitoba Goddess Festival did an incredible job and, despite the torrential rain that night, they welcomed a steady flow of adventure seekers. So beautiful! Thank you!! =-)

We’re back!

Atomic has been napping for the past several weeks, but is very slowly starting to perk up again.

For example, Jeff Nachtigall (visiting from Saskatoon) has been working with Winnipeg’s very own Robert Wilson to remix large paintings created by the crew at Gutter Art Space and Graffiti Art Programming for an urban art walk kicking off on September 20. Details can be found at their Facebook event page, or via the map below:

After that, we’re teaming up with WNDX to provide workspace for the Situated Cinema team – so cool! One of our favourite bands will be dropping in to shoot their latest video and, after that, we’re looking forward to welcoming send + receive: a festival of sound. The program looks *amazing*, as always.

Details about a new experimental theatre production are coming soon!! But for now, save the dates: November 9, 10 and 11 =-)

 

Ps. Here are a few pics I didn’t manage to share earlier including pics from Accented Video and the Autobiographical, our collaboration with Art Ctiy, the Manitoba Goddess Festival‘s fundraising event, Baba Yaga’s Realm, all of which and can be found at our Facebook group page.

Baba Yaga’s Realm ~ An Interactive Walk-Through Fairytale

Come support the Manitoba Goddess Festival by taking a walk through Baba Yaga’s realm. Visit the urban fairytale forest, the museum of rare and wonderful creatures, as well as the lair of Koshei the Deathless. Then gather your courage and keep close to your tour guide as they lead you up the attic to visit the Mother of Time Itself ~ Baba Yaga.

Learn about this mysterious crone goddess of Russian folklore, about yourself, or just delight in the immersive experience that’s been created for you.

This is an event for all ages – so bring your kids and enjoy the wonderful world the volunteers of the Goddess Festival have created through craft, sound, and a ton of glue & glitter.

Friday, 3 August 2012
17:00 until 21:00

Admission is $5. Proceeds going to support the 2012 Manitoba Goddess Festival. http://manitobagoddessfestival.com/

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